Tunisia: Success of Energy Transition Depends On Quality of Electricity Transmission Network (Minister of Energy)

Tunis/Tunisia — The success of the energy transition depends on the quality of the electricity transmission network, the provision of electricity storage and the development of its connection at the regional level, in addition to the adoption of thermal generators with greater flexibility to achieve an automatic balance between production and consumption, said Minister of Energy, Mines and Energy Transition Mongi Marzouk.

The energy deficit worsened between the years 2010-2019, from 10% in 2010 to 55% in 2019. It is expected to reach 85% in 2030, reads a statement published Thursday by the ministry.

Faced with this situation, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Energy Transition intends to raise the production rate of renewable energies to 30% in the production of electricity by 2030, said the minister, who spoke on Thursday at a workshop organised by the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) on the plan to reform the energy sector in Tunisia, as part of the national consultation on strategies for the development of renewable energy in Tunisia.

Marzouk stressed that achieving this rate in mixed energy by 2030 is not easy, but it is possible, if the ministry launches the 500 megawatt solar energy concession projects, for which the conventions are currently being drawn up.

"Tunisia ranks 19th in the world in terms of energy efficiency and renewable energies, thanks to the advanced regulatory framework it has in this field," he said.

Marzouk recalled that Tunisia's priorities in renewable energies are the improvement of energy security and environmental protection, the fight against fossil fuel emissions and the control of production costs.

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